Dazzling sitar music appears throughout this short story from The Jungle Book. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose, and his story is presented with appropriate verve, and speed, by narrator Madhav Sharma. The many animals speak befitting their species: the snake hisses his demands and threats while the bird mournfully pretends to be injured to fool the snake. After Rikki saves a child, the family who once feared him sound different as their changing feelings are conveyed by Sharma. His best creation is the fight between Rikki and the snake. It sounds like a sparring match, with listeners in attendance.
Five tales which range from the jungles of India to the frozen emptiness of the North... In all of them, Kipling's extraordinary powers of description and ability to identify with human aspiration and animal survival are vividly shown. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi must battle with Nag, the cobra, in his territory; Toomai has a unique glimpse of the elephant world, Kotick, the White Seal, searches for sanctuary, while Kotuko has to find food for his starving Eskimo village. Above all, Kipling's love of life in all its variety shines through.
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This is a gifted narrator. His voice is also perfectly suited to convey the feeling of India and Kipling wonderfully. The other stories that come along with Rikki-Tikki are also very good. Even my very young children enjoy listening in the car despite the fact that the vocabulary is a bit beyond them at this point - evidence of an audiobook done well and the genius of the author.
P.S. I've heard 3 other readings; I think this is the one Kipling would have loved
I downloaded Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for my five year old, but soon found myself caught up in the story. Adults and children will love to listen to the story again and again.
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